Lena Awwad

2022 Innovative Leadership Award - Alberta

Islamic Family

Nominator Comments:

Lena kickstarted the Global Stitches Program which offers emerging artists skilled in sewing, embroidery, and textiles the opportunity to transform up-cycled fabrics into beautiful works of art for resale. To date, the program has empowered more than 25 women. Lena’s work has been recognized by the International Refugee Council in Geneva and the Canadian Refugee Council. Lena also reimagined the IFSSA’s refugee sponsorship program by creating an online portal that educates the sponsor. This increased the amount of face-to-face time IFSSA could offer to those seeking services. Lena worked hard to make this portal easy for other sponsorship agencies to use and enabled them to scale their support to refugees.

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